Thursday, November 28, 2013

柳明館 (Ryumeikan in Urawa)

柳明館

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Route 17 stretches north, from Tokyo all the way up to Niigata.

National Route 17 shield

Historically an important route, it is now a traffic-packed 8-lane road that lets you know loud and clear that you probably should have spent the extra yen for the expressway.

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But the slew of 2-ton trucks need places to stop, and hearty ramen is a popular option. The crowds here aren't drawn bu subtle kodawari taste, but by variety and calories.

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Ryumeikan serves a dozen or so different bowls. The most popular?

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Stamina ramen. I prefer the Ibaraki-style of stamina ramen, with liver and pumpkin being the stamina ingredients of choice. Here, in more of a Saitama-fashion, that extra boost of energy is coming from garlic, nira (garlic chives), more garlic, and some sliced chicken.

A piping hot bowl that will leave you reeking afterwords.

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The miso ramen topped with spicy onion is another popular menu item.

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Plenty of seats, even if one is reserved exclusively for the use of the Japanese national women's soccer team. Ganbatte Nadeshiko Japan!

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埼玉県戸田市美女木7-1-4
Saitama-ken, Toda-shi, Bijoji 7-1-4
Closest station: Nishi-Urawa

Open 11:00-24:00